Local media sponsors holiday drive for less fortunate

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It's not often media outlets work together toward a common goal, but that's what will happen next week as the Craig Daily Press, KRAI-FM radio and K27FA television work together to help the needy this holiday season during the 1999 Media Holiday Drive.

This year organizations have gone out of their way to make the drop-offs of donations as convenient as possible.

Toys should be new and unwrapped, and all donations may be dropped off from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday in Craig at the Centennial Mall; in Steamboat Springs at Steamboat Motors; in Hayden at Congregational Church; in Meeker at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post, Meeker Drug Store and Valley Grocery Store; and in Rangely at the Rangely Police Department.

Donations such as diapers, baby formula, personal care items and checks may be made directly to organizations such as Advocates Against Battering and Abuse in Steamboat Springs and Hayden, and the Safe Houses in Meeker and Rangely. Advocates Crisis Support Services in Craig asks that donations be dropped off at Centennial Mall.

Business donators include Craig Ford, Cook Chevrolet, Victory Motors and Northwest Storage and U-Haul. Volunteer organizations assisting in the drive throughout the week are KRAI-FM on Monday; Craig Daily Press on Tuesday; Craig Realtors, Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff's Department and Colorado State Patrol on Wednesday; American Red Cross of Craig on Thursday; and Moffat County United Way and K27FA on Friday.

Food banks will also be on hand at various locations to accept donations. Donations to food banks may be made in Craig at the Centennial Mall, in Steamboat Springs at Safeway, City Market and Clark Market, in Hayden at Congregational Church, in Meeker at the Methodist Church and in Rangely at the Rangely Police Department.

Donations to food banks should include dry cereal, pancake mix, syrup, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, any canned goods such as soup and vegetables, boxed macaroni and cheese, tuna, powdered milk, top ramen noodles, rice, dry beans and personal care items such as toothpaste, shampoo, paper products and laundry detergent.

Organizers hope the community will show the support it has in past years and generously give needful things to make someone's holiday season brighter.

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